Our Team

Me. Johanne Elizabeth O’Hanlon


Specialist in Family law with a major focus on alternative dispute resolution such as Collaborative Law.

Concordia University
BA, Arts

McGill University
B.c.L., LL.B., LL.M, Law

Me. O’Hanlon is also a Director of The Montreal Advocates’ Mutual Assistance Association.

Incorporated in 1938 under Part III of the Québec Companies Act, The Montreal Advocates’ Mutual Assistance Association, known until 1992 as the Montreal Advocates Charity Association, seeks to “come to the aid of advocates now or once practicing with the Bar of Montreal, their spouse, widow or widower and children in need and deserving of aid.”

Its 10-member Board of Directors, while independent of the Bar of Montreal, has enjoyed its support and the assistance of its support staff since the very beginning.

When a person in need calls on the Association, two directors meet the applicant and discuss ways of providing assistance in the strictest confidentiality. In spite of the social net introduced since 1938, requests for assistance continue to appear. They are sometimes heartrending, reminding the Board members how isolation can strike.

The annual subscription of $25 is payable to the association through the Bar of Montreal, attention Louise Bertrand, administrative assistant with the Bar of Montreal. Thanks to the capital accumulated over the years, the Association can assist colleagues in need. The directors also offer advice when the situation is appropriate or direct those seeking their aid to appropriate resources, paying the fees involved.

Me. Helen Sanders


Collaborative law, divorce, common-law unions, custody, access, spousal support, child support, division of assets and liabilities, jurisdictional issues, international custody cases, representation of children, adoption and child protection.

McGill University
1992 – 1997

Activities and Societies: Bachelor of Common Law, Bachelor of Civil Law.

University of Adelaide, South Australia
LLB, Law
1989 – 1991

University of Adelaide, South Australia
B.A. (Hons), English Language and Literature
1982 – 1986

Groups and Associations

  • Quebec Bar Association
  • Quebec Collaborative Law Group
  • Association des avocats et avocates en droit familial du Québec
  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce
  • Collaborative Family Law Group
  • McGill University Alumni
  • University of Adelaide
  • Named a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation for a three-year term starting in 2015.
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